Abiding Fathers

Together, we can re-engage fathers and save families in America! www.abidingfathers.org

Having been blessed with a spiritual awakening at age 32, I was hungry for the word and kept seeing Jesus’ teaching on ‘doing it to the least of these, you have done it unto Me.’ Through a series of events I was introduced to Seagoville Federal Prison. For the past 35+ years I have taught men there, in state jails, juvenile detention centers and homeless shelters. During a morning time with the Lord I was given a vision for ministry. It was clear and somewhat detailed. Nothing ever developed so I stored the info in a file. Along the way it became more and more apparent that incarcerated men and boys, as well as the homeless, were there primarily because of issues with their father, or the lack of one in their life. One day stands out over all. A friend and I were teaching in the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center. A usual group of 24 boys from ages 11-17 were present. You can read this in more detail in my book, From Faith to Faith, but simply the awareness of the fact that virtually all the boys did not even have an image of a father in their mind blew me away. I have a personal belief that the absentee father is the number one problem with life in America. Not just physically absent, but emotionally and spiritually. Sometime later after leaving the real estate business of 50 years, I sensed a leading to revisit ‘the file’ which I found in my credenza after 20 years. This was in 2010. After a review and some prayer, it was so apparent that the need for engaged fathers in the families of our nation was even worse than when the Lord had spoken to me two decades earlier. I was compelled to write the book and then see where He would take this. Some insightful meetings were held and it was becoming apparent that God had something in mind; that He had prepared me and now was empowering me to move forward with what is now—Abiding Fathers. We have spent the last two years praying, listening, meeting and planning. As of July 1, 2012 the ministry is officially launched. We have a glimpse of what He has in store for us but more importantly what He intends to do in the lives of fathers and would-be fathers in America. Most men are not equipped to be fathers, especially dads. They simply do not understand the God-given role in which they find themselves. But it is the most important responsibility any man can undertake. Children (and wives) have been placed in their homes to be discipled under the grace of God and empowered by the gospel through His Spirit. The expression is so true. ‘Any man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a dad.’ Men have become passive and have abdicated their roles to wives, teachers and the church In some instances. One small statistic speaks volumes. 30% of children who attend church with just their mom continue attending after they reach adulthood. The figure soars to 70% if they are accompanied by their father. God first gave the commands to Adam and as far as I can tell, He hasn’t rescinded them. Divorce rates even among Christians are over 50%. Prisons, gangs, suicide, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, drugs, school dropouts, and major crime in general can be laid at the feet of ineffective or absent fathers. Praise God for dedicated moms who fight to hold the family together. But they cannot replace a father. Never have, never will. Can Abiding Fathers make a difference and turn the tide back to wholesome families? No, but God can through us, and He will use Abiding Fathers as one of His instruments. The prayer team and the Board are in place and active. Budgets are set, plans are in place and the work lies ahead. Will it be worth it? A resounding yes! When will we know we are being effective? When we see the pendulum start swinging from absentee fathers to abiding dads! Our national situation breaks God’s heart and He is beginning to repair it. I hope He calls you to be a part of His solution. Join us for this exciting journey!

Mission: Encouraging, equipping and engaging men in developing their God-ordained leadership role as fathers in order to make disciples for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Dads! Love, Listen, Lead!

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Abiding Fathers Mission Video

An awesome evening for Abiding Fathers, Friday night, as 29 people shared their evening to serve dinner to the North Texas regional Young Lives “Mom’s Night Out” crew! These beautiful young women were celebrated with an Olive Garden dinner that they had paid for themselves! Then the girls enjoyed Young Life Club afterward. It was a joy to get to share some time with them! Our AF volunteers helped make the evening amazing-Thank you so much!

Thursday, November 21st.
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM. Northwest Bible Church.
We're meeting in the Theater Room.
Invite a dad. Lunch will be served.

David Pearson - “Making it Home from Third Base”

A product of two amazing parents with terrific Godly relationships, you’d think starting on third base would make reaching home quite easy, but I’ve realized you can “get caught in a pickle” no matter what base you start on.

After graduating from Texas A&M, David returned to Dallas to begin a career in real estate until his family’s small business needed help. Fifteen years, three children and 175 employees later, David is still running the “small” family textile business in South Dallas.

Such a great time of worship and fellowship together at the 2019 “Heart of the Father” Legacy Luncheon this past Tuesday! Powerful message to men from Ken Harrison and Chad Hennings that every man needs to hear. Thanks to all who joined us, making it such a special moment for Abiding Fathers ministry to share their heart for men and God’s calling on fatherhood.

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Fathers Forum – Park Cities Presbyterian Church

Dads, get encouraged and equipped and join us at our Fathers Forum. Abiding Fathers founder and President will share his message on 'The Blessing!'. So important! You won't want to miss this one. Lunch will be served. #FathersForum.

abidingfathers.org Join us for a chance to speak up on Fatherhood. 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM. Park Cities Presbyterian Church. We’re meeting at the Oak Lawn West Building. Invite a dad. Lunch will be served. Wan…

Men were encouraged by what speaker, Reid Porter, shared at a recent Fathers Forum. Join us at our next Fathers Forum on June 20. More info: https://bit.ly/30RQKTl

My Sons - A Fathers Forum Intro

At a recent Fathers Forum, Trog Trogdon shared a couple of stories and a poem about the impact of fatherhood. Listen to the whole message (podcast) at: https://www.abidingfathers.org/fathers-forum-podcasts #AbidingFathers #BeTheDad

Men enjoying the message about the impact of fatherhood from speaker Trog Trogdon. It was a great day of fellowship. If you'd like to hear the podcast from this Fathers Forum, go to: https://www.abidingfathers.org/fathers-forum-podcasts/

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Slipping Away…

Slipping Away…

abidingfathers.org The Abiding Fathers blog is a collection of works from our founder, Bill Dotson, along with stories from guest bloggers, providing help for fathers. Do you ever feel like your whole life is spinnin…

Happy Memorial Day!

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Woodpiles

WOODPILES…are something virtually every person living is familiar with. I first experienced them as a very young boy as the young’uns were usually selected to bring in a log or two for the stove for cooking or heating.

abidingfathers.org WOODPILES…are something virtually every person living is familiar with. I first experienced them as a very young boy as the young’uns were usually selected to bring in a log or two for the stove fo…

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Mission Trip Report – Cespedes May 2019

Mission Trip Report – Cespedes May 2019 https://www.abidingfathers.org/2019/05/21/eng-cespedes-may-2019/

abidingfathers.org In Partnership with Proclaim Cuba (ELNAC) Ministry Mission Trip Report Cespedes, Cuba May 6th – 12th, 2019 Mission Trip Report Padre de Corazón Ministry (PdC) attendees: Alberto Pagan (Puerto Rico)…

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Fathering 101 Intro

Be the Dad Video Curriculum

It is my great honor to get to introduce the Be the Dad video curriculum from Grace Ministries and Abiding Fathers. Over the last ten years I’ve had the hono...

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Fathers Forum – Park Cities Presbyterian Church

Dads, get encouraged and equipped at our Fathers Forum Thursday. Lunch will be served.

abidingfathers.org Join us for a chance to speak up on Fatherhood. 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM. Park Cities Presbyterian Church. We’re meeting at the Oak Lawn West Building. Invite a dad. Lunch will be served. Wan…

Biblical morality is grounded in truth, based on God’s word. You see, when a society turns away from these foundational truths, everything becomes relative. Human or worldly wisdom then begins to trump godly wisdom. God’s word has boundaries, designed for our good. (Bill Dotson)

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Fathers Forum – Coffee House Cafe – N. Dallas

Join us for breakfast at our next Fathers Forum - May 22, at Coffee House Café. Trog Trogdon is going to engage us on an important topic. 1st Timers Eat FREE. Dads, get encouraged! #FathersForum

abidingfathers.org Join us for a chance to speak up on Fatherhood. 1ST TIMERS EAT FREE! Every 4th Wednesday from 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM. Coffee House Cafe. Abiding Fathers welcomes you to our monthly Fathers Forum, where …

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An Inmate’s Letter

An Inmate’s Letter

abidingfathers.org Many of you reading these life lessons support the ministry of Abiding Fathers in various ways. And from time to time you deserve to receive a taste of the fruit you are helping produce. I get to e…

Happy Mother's Day!

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Be The Dad

Dads. Don't ever underestimate the value and impact of your role. You make a difference more than you will ever know, this side of Heaven. #BePresent #KeepAbiding #AbidingFathers

It took years before Matthew was even aware of the way that his dad leaving, at such a young age, was influencing him and all of his relationships.

The abandonment he felt throughout his life made a deep impact on him. It’s a subconscious thing. You don’t even know it. We can’t underestimate the impact that a father can have in our lives and the lives of our children.

Thankfully, Matthew broke the chain and was present with his children. Not only that, if you met Matthew, it's likely he had a profound effect on your life. He changed lives for the better. Unfortuntately, we lost Matthew to his battle with cancer on April 24, 2019. He blessed others greatly. RIP brother! For more info, go to: https://www.bethedadmovement.com/

Dads, if you missed the last Fathers Forum, get equipped and encouraged through the Abiding Fathers podcasts of the events. You can listen to recent Fathers Forum podcasts here. https://pst.cr/EH2AU

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Store

Don't forget mom this Mother's Day. In addition to spending time with mom this weekend, we're sure she'd appreciate you taking your role as father and husband seriously! Abide! https://www.abidingfathers.org/store/

abidingfathers.org Welcome to the Abiding Fathers’ store. We are confident these resources will help engage and encourage you in your leadership role in the home. Thank you, fathers. It addresses a monumental p…

[05/04/19]   Have you gotten a copy of Faith to Faith? Here's what one reader had to say, “Bill, thank you for all the time and energy you put into this desperately needed ministry on the subject dear to God's heart.” Get your copy today: https://www.abidingfathers.org/store/ #AbidingFathers

Forgiven Fathers Forgive - Part 2 - A Fathers Forum Intro

At a recent Fathers Forum event, Brad Clark spoke about forgiveness and how to lead in all of our relationships by modeling Jesus. #BeTheDad #AbidingFathers #FathersForum Listen to the full podcast at: https://www.abidingfathers.org/fathers-forum-podcasts/

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Fathers Forum – Podcasts

Dads, if you missed the last Fathers Forum, get equipped and encouraged through the Abiding Fathers podcasts of the events. You can listen to recent Fathers Forum podcasts here. http://bit.ly/2DBj0PS

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Some Things I've Learned Being A Dad | Raising up the radical family man.

Some Things I've Learned Being A Dad | Raising up the radical family man.

bethedadmovement.com When you have a speaker at one of the Fathers Forum events, you assume that person is an expert. You expect that the person has gone through training to become knowledgeable. But I have fallen many times as a father.

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Some Things I've Learned Being A Dad | Raising up the radical family man.

Some Things I've Learned Being A Dad | Raising up the radical family man.

bethedadmovement.com When you have a speaker at one of the Fathers Forum events, you assume that person is an expert. You expect that the person has gone through training to become knowledgeable. But I have fallen many times as a father.

Enjoyed hearing what Brad Clark had to share with us this morning on discipleship. If you missed it, check for the podcast later this week or listen to another one here: https://www.abidingfathers.org/fathers-forum-podcasts/

Abiding Fathers is encouraging, equipping, and engaging men in developing their God-ordained leadership role as fathers in order to make disciples for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Fathers Forum – Coffee House Cafe – N. Dallas

Men, join us Wed am for food and fellowship. Brad has an awesome testimony to share! We promise you'll leave encouraged! Join us at Coffee House Café on the 24th. #AbidingFathers #FathersForum https://bit.ly/2WxUMNu

abidingfathers.org Join us for a chance to speak up on Fatherhood. 1ST TIMERS EAT FREE! Every 4th Wednesday from 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM. Coffee House Cafe. Abiding Fathers welcomes you to our monthly Fathers Forum, where …

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The Adventures of Fatherhood | Raising up the radical family man.

The Adventures of Fatherhood | Raising up the radical family man.

bethedadmovement.com Growing up, did you ever have an adventure that you took with your father? If your father was busy or not present, did you ever have friends that you joined on

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Sad Eyes

Sad Eyes

abidingfathers.org Beautiful eyes! Sad eyes. Empty eyes. I saw them for the first time when we arrived at the community of Rio Chiquito in Coamo, Puerto Rico. Those eyes were looking at each of us as we visited the c…

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Store

Dads, get equipped and encouraged through your journey of fatherhood. This is a great resource for a small group of dads and granddads or your men's ministry leader at church. Now available in Spanish! #AbidingFathers #FromFaithToFaith https://www.abidingfathers.org/store/

abidingfathers.org Welcome to the Abiding Fathers’ store. We are confident these resources will help engage and encourage you in your leadership role in the home. Thank you, fathers. It addresses a monumental p…

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Ambivalence

Ambivalence

abidingfathers.org AMBIVALENCE…has many meanings. What one came to mind when you started reading this? When I was drawn to write this, mine was ‘I don’t give a flip’. Dictionary.com records it this way. ‘Uncertainty …

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Gillette commercial controversy: Give men credit instead of painting masculinity as poison

Right now, one out of every four boys in America grows up in a home without a father and pays a price in the well-documented social disorder that has ensued. If Gillette wants to get into the preaching business, it might want to focus on that problem instead of tarring men in general as violence-enablers in need of re-education and their very masculinity as a kind of poison. #BeTheDad #AbidingFathers https://bit.ly/2WW0usG

usatoday.com The Gillette commercial's problem isn’t that it points out male aggression. It’s the assumption that other males routinely let them get away with it.

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Write Them Deep Within Your Hearts

Write Them Deep Within Your Hearts

abidingfathers.org By: Pr. Rafy Gutierrez Director: Ministerio Padre de Corazón (Hispanic Ministry of Abiding Fathers). [email protected] Technological advances are impressive and surprising to me. From time to…

Some of the Abiding Fathers men went down to Bonton Farms today to have lunch with Trog. Great food and fellowship and discussed opportunities to disciple men in the area about their role as dads. #KeepAbiding

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Dads. Abide Like Daniel.

Dads. Abide Like Daniel. https://www.abidingfathers.org/2019/03/21/dads-abide-like-daniel/

abidingfathers.org By Mike Wadsworth, guest contributor [email protected] The story of Daniel is one of those great parts of Scripture that clearly and repeatedly reminds us that we are never far from God. So m…

A Dad's Highest Calling - A Fathers Forum Intro

At a recent Fathers Forum event, John Hawkins spoke about how being a dad is one of the highest callings a man can have. Also, he spoke about how to communicate your love to your children. This is gold. #BeTheDad #AbidingFathers #FathersForum Listen to the full podcast at: https://www.abidingfathers.org/fathers-forum-podcasts/

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Fathers Forum – Coffee House Cafe – N. Dallas

Hi dads. We're really looking forward to hearing from Brad at our monthly Fathers Forum. 1st timers eat free. Join us on April 24 for some encouragement. https://bit.ly/2WxUMNu

abidingfathers.org Join us for a chance to speak up on Fatherhood. 1ST TIMERS EAT FREE! Every 4th Wednesday from 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM. Coffee House Cafe. Abiding Fathers welcomes you to our monthly Fathers Forum, where …

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Beatitudes

Beatitudes https://www.abidingfathers.org/2018/09/05/beatitudes/

abidingfathers.org BEATITUDES…are defined as supreme blessedness or a state of utmost bliss. It is more than just being happy; lots of things give you earthly happiness. They are exalted happiness. The origin in Lati…

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Friend a Father! | Raising up the radical family man.

Dads,
Share the fatherhood journey. It's better together! #fatherhood #faithfulfatherhood https://www.bethedadmovement.com/friend-a-father/

bethedadmovement.com Recently, as I left a coffee meeting with my friend, Kevin, I thought of how grateful I am to have such a friendship, and how randomly it began. Five years ago a mutual friend in North Carolina called and told me his friend (Kevin) was moving to my neck of the woods, and asked if I'd help get him co...

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Women’s Heart Initiative – Lunch and Learn Series

Women’s Heart Initiative – Lunch and Learn Series -- today at 11:30 AM

abidingfathers.org W O M E N ‘S H E A R T I N I T I A T I V E Lunch and Learn Series Good Food for the Heart, Mind and Soul. Featured Speaker Robyn Bush Abiding Fathers Board Member “Chosen, Cherished and …

Dads, if you missed the last Fathers Forum, get equipped and encouraged through the Abiding Fathers podcasts from the events. You can listen to recent Fathers Forum podcasts here. #AbidingFathers #FathersForum https://www.abidingfathers.org/fathers-forum-podcasts/

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The Lost Coin

The Lost Coin

abidingfathers.org Below is a poem written by one of the dads in our curriculum at Hutchins State Jail where I teach each Wednesday. Since I have written poetry most of my life, I was encouraged by Dustin S. and his …

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My Sons - A Fathers Forum Intro
Forgiven Fathers Forgive - Part 2 - A Fathers Forum Intro
A Dad's Highest Calling - A Fathers Forum Intro
Full and Faithful Fatherhood - A Fathers Forum Intro
Our Lord, a Father to the Fatherless - A Fathers Forum Intro
Dad Dancing With Daughter - Belle and Beast
Fathers Forum Intro - A Father's Child
Fathers Forum Intro - Spiritual Heritage
A Father's Legacy - A Fathers Forum Intro
Legacy Luncheon Intro Video
Steadfast Love – The Long Run, Fathers Forum Intro
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